Snakes need to be able to stretch out straight: podcast from Newstalk’s Pat Kenny Show

New research has shown that we need to change the way we keep pet snakes: to hear more, listen to the podcast below.

The new study, titled ‘Spatial considerations for captive snakes‘, reviewed almost 100 publications on snake biology, welfare and housing, and also conducted research into snake welfare at eight zoos. The big problem is that most pet snakes live in tanks that are too small. They should be kept in tanks that allow them to stretch out fully. Learn more by listening to the podcast.

Questions from listeners about pets

  • I have noticed that my cat’s eye is weeping and half closed: do I need to go to the vet?
  • Is it OK to walk dogs in frosty weather? Could their feet be damaged?
  • My two boys are nagging me to get them a lizard. Is this a suitable pet for a child?
  • My dog’s teeth are brown: how can I make them clean again?
  • My cat is acting strange, prowling around the room and jumping up from time to time as if she’s had a fright?
  • My dog has a bacterial infection in her ears, perhaps following hydrotherapy. My vet thinks she might need an operation. Are there other options?

To listen to Pete’s answers to the above, listen to the podcast below.

To watch Pete doing his Facebook Live session, see here.

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